Health briefs: Council on Aging Monday program to feature VNA, Visiting Angels

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The Routt County Council on Aging program for Monday will feature the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and the home care agency Visiting Angels, which will present important information about what services are available to help at home and how these services will be billed.

The 12:30 p.m. program at the Steamboat Springs Community Center is open to everyone. To come for noon lunch, register at 970-879-0633.

Residents should be careful when spring cleaning

Hantavirus is a serious respiratory disease carried by deer mice (brown on top and white underneath with large ears). Steamboat residents should be careful when doing spring cleaning and before opening up cabins, buildings, sheds and barns. People can become infected when they inhale dirt and dust contaminated with deer mice droppings.

To help prevent infection, air out rodent-infested buildings or areas at least 30 minutes before cleaning. Use a solution of household bleach (one cup of bleach per gallon of water) to spray materials you have used for cleaning mouse droppings. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/hantavirus.

Be careful with small rodents that may have rabies

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is reminding residents to be careful with small rodents that can have rabies. Bats, fox, porcupines and other small rodents never should be touched.

Other information about rabies:

• Rabies is a deadly disease transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal, usually from bites.

• Not all bats have rabies, but most human cases in the U.S. are caused by bats.

• Bat bites leave a small wound but require urgent medical attention. If bitten, wash the wound with soap and water and call your doctor.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/rabies.

Casey's Pond Senior Living looking for volunteers

Casey’s Pond Senior Living is looking for volunteers of all ages to work with residents from independent living to skilled nursing.

Casey’s Pond needs caring and kind people to offer companionship, assistance with crafts, activities, fitness, games, playing bridge, musicians, letter writers and more.

Call Celia at 970-457-4883 to learn more about the basic requirements.

Support group started for parents grieving the loss of an infant

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is starting a support group for parents grieving the loss of an infant.

This group will meet weekly and offer support to any parent who has experienced the premature loss of an infant through miscarriage or other circumstances.

Call Katy Thiel at 970-871-7628 to register for this group. A date and location have not yet been determined.

VNA offers free HIV tests through month of April

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer free HIV tests throughout the month of April in honor of STD Awareness Month for all ages.

Testing can be done by appointment during regular business hours or at the VNA's drop-in clinic from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

The VNA also will offer the HPV vaccine for $21.50 for uninsured and underinsured individuals throughout April.

The HPV vaccine is for ages 11 to 26 years for males and females. HPV spreads through skin-to-skin contact and can cause cervical cancer strands and other cancers.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 970-879-1632 in Steamboat Springs or 970-824-8233 in Craig.

Support group for children grieving starts

Poogie’s Place/Cole’s Cowboy Corner, a program of Hospice, will be starting a children’s support group for kids ages 12 to 15 who are grieving the death of a loved one.

This group will use art as a means of learning about and finding ways to cope with a death. During the children’s group, a subsequent parent’s group will be offered for parents to explore ways to deal with your own grief and to learn ways to help your children deal with their grief.

The group will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Rollingstone Respite House. The start date will be determined at time of registration.

This group is free, but donations are accepted. Call Katy Thiel at 970-871-7628 for more information and to sign up.

Parkinson's exercise class is Wednesdays

A Parkinson’s exercise will start for people with Parkinson's disease or those who would like to improve balance. The class includes seated warm-up, standing exercises for balance, strength and agility and group camaraderie.

The classes will run from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs at Eighth and Oak streets. Use the alley entrance.

Costs are $10 for drop in or $80 for a 10-punch card, and care partners are free.

Contact Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or jacqueline.teuscher@gmail.com or Eva Gibbon at 970-846-9887 for more information.

6-week workshop starts Wednesday

Marchele McCarthy will offer a six-week workshop, “Finding Freedom from Old Habits and Negative Emotions,” starting this week and continuing on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. through June 4.

Participants will learn meditation, mindfulness skills, relaxation techniques, how to identify negative patterns and how to get “unstuck” from destructive habits.

The cost is $150. For more information and to register, call 970-846-8504 or email marchele@marchelemccarthy.com.

VNA offers hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines

Are you heading out of town for spring break? Don’t forget to make an appointment to get your Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations before traveling to Mexico, Caribbean or Central America. Both diseases are prevalent in less developed countries and infection occurs by ingesting contaminated food/water. For more information call Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-879-1632.

VNA offers birth control, STD screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center is offering low-cost birth control, STD screenings (for men and women), pap smears, breast exams and general women’s health care based on income. All income levels are welcome. Make an appointment in Steamboat by calling 970-879-1632 or in Craig by calling 970-824-8233.

LiveWell program to help families with healthy eating

LiveWell Northwest Colorado is helping families be healthy by working to improve eating habits and to be more physically active through the “Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0” program. The program sets the goal each day of eating five or more fruits and vegetables, watching two or fewer hours of TV, getting an hour or more of physical activity and drinking zero sugary drinks. For more information about the program, visit www.nwcovna.org/livewell.php or call LiveWell Northwest Colorado Community Coordinator Barb Parnell at 970-819-4110.

Planned Parenthood can help with annual exam costs

Planned Parenthood can cover the cost of an annual exam for women who are uninsured or underinsured, according to a news release. Call 970-879-2212 for information or to make an appointment or stop by the health center on 11th Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street.

Northwest Colorado VNA offers options to help quit tobacco

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers options for those looking to quite smoking. The VNA has counseling available to help tobacco users of all ages to quit using cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. Quitting tobacco usually takes multiple attempts, but studies show cessation support can significantly improve a person’s chance for success. Counseling helps tobacco users set quit goals in a judgment-free environment. Participants also may receive support for weight management, nutrition, heart health and stress control. There is no fee for this service. It is available in English and Spanish. To be connected with a Cessation Counselor in Steamboat Springs or Craig, call 970-871-7634.

Other programs the VNA offer include:

• The Colorado QuitLine, which offers free personalized cessation phone support for smokers. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

• SmokefreeTXT program provides free personalized text message support. Text the word QUIT to IQUIT (47848).

Support groups to meet this week

• A bereavement support group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Rollingstone Respite House. The group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 970-871-7628 prior to attending your first meeting.

• A domestic violence support group for women is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. Call Diane at 970-879-2034 before attending.

• A Caregiver Cancer Support Group is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the community room at Natural Grocers, 355 Lincoln Ave. For more information, call 970-846-4717.

• The Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group meetings Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs, 2250 Copper Frontage Road, No. 202. The group will explore recovery through meditation, book study and all open discussion. Meetings are open to all faiths and addictions. For more information, call 720-670-8642.

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